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Industry Reports

  • The Cosmetics Industry
    South Africa
    14 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The cosmetics manufacturing industry has been under pressure from challenging economic conditions. Multinational companies such as Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble account for the majority of sales in this sector, and may outsource the manufacture of their products to contract or third party manufacturers. There are around 250 players operating in South Africa’s formal cosmetics sector, with the growth over the past two years coming mainly from the SMME sector.
  • The Poultry and Egg Industry
    South Africa
    11 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The poultry and egg industry is the largest sub-sector of the South African agricultural sector. The poultry industry represented 16.6% or R47.9bn of the total gross value of 2018 agricultural production of R288.6bn and is the largest animal production segment. The industry suffered numerous casualties during the avian flu outbreaks, which were exacerbated by increased competition from imports and the industry continues to consolidate. There is increasing pressure from rising input costs, particularly those for feed, transportation, energy and labour as well as declining consumer spending, although the industry was heading for a seasonal upturn in mid-2019.
  • Legal Activities and Services
    South Africa
    10 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The legal activities and services sector in South Africa plays a vital role in upholding the rule of law and promoting the fair, democratic, and equitable functioning of the country. Law firms provide knowledge-intensive business service, and this report offers an overview of South Africa’s legal profession, as well as the role and benefits of knowledge management in the sector. While somewhat exposed to South Africa’s poor economy, the legal services sector enjoys a stable base of companies seeking compliance and advisory services in the face of new legislation and a shifting regulatory framework. Competition is on the rise and law firms are attempting to incorporate disruptive new legal technologies in pursuit of increasingly efficient operating processes and value-oriented client services.
  • The Manufacture and Wholesale of Non-Alcoholic Beverages
    South Africa
    05 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    Expenditure on non-alcoholic beverages (NABs) totalled R13.4bn, contributing 6.7% to total manufacturing in February 2019 and increasing 14.5% year-on-year, partly driven by the increase in VAT in April 2018. The effect of the sugar tax that was implemented in April 2018 is still to be quantified. Almost 70% of NABs sold in South Africa in 2017 were carbonated soft drinks, while fruit juice accounted for almost 12% of all NAB sales. Carbonated soft drinks sales grew by 4.2% between 2017 and 2018 while volumes produced increased by 4.7%.
  • Retirement Funding
    South Africa
    30 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The South African retirement funding sector, with assets in excess of R4.26-trillion, has the fifth highest assets-to-gross domestic product ratio in the world. However, less than 10% of retirement fund members are able to maintain their standard of living when they stop working and 41% of economically active South Africans have not made any provision for their retirement. Total membership of retirement funds rose from 16.6 million to 16.9 million in 2017, while total retirement fund contributions increased by 5.06% and total benefits paid decreased by 3.47% year-on-year.
  • Manufacture of Jewellery and Related Articles
    South Africa
    29 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    South Africa is one of the largest producers of gold, diamonds and platinum in the world. Despite the wealth of these resources, its jewellery manufacturing industry remains small. Jewellery manufacturer’s sales grew 4.1% to R5.3bn in 2017/2018. Although many initiatives have been implemented to encourage competitiveness and to increase beneficiation, growth is hampered in this highly regulated industry by the lack of new entrants, a shortage of skilled labour, challenging trading conditions and a growing and more efficient industry in other countries.
  • Manufacture of Basic Precious and Non-Ferrous Metals
    South Africa
    27 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    South Africa was the world’s largest producer of primary platinum and rhodium, and the second-largest producer of primary palladium in 2018, and it exported 900.9 kilotons of these metals to the value of US$14.2bn in 2017. The most vertically-integrated companies in this sector are the platinum group metals producers Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) and Lonmin, copper producer Palabora Copper and aluminium producer South32.
  • Tree Care and Landscaping Services
    South Africa
    24 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The tree care and landscaping services industry in South Africa comprises a small, well-organised formalised sector and a larger fragmented informal garden services sector. The performance of the landscaping industry is affected by economic conditions and closely allied to the performance of the property industry, and both the economy and property fundamentals remain weak. The invasion of shothole borer beetles in Gauteng, which is killing trees, has, however, led to uncharacteristic growth in the tree care sector. Drought conditions and runaway fires have increased the need for the eradication of woody alien invasive species which are water hungry and produce intense heat in a runaway fire.
  • Manufacture of Insulated Wire and Cable
    South Africa
    20 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The insulated wire and cable industry in South Africa is largely dependent on infrastructure development. Reduced public sector infrastructure spending and challenges such as unstable power supply, rising input costs and a severe lack of technically trained professionals to provide cables at the same cost and quality as competing countries, is making the manufacturing environment significantly more difficult for local manufacturers. There is no confirmed value of the annual turnover of the industry, but the electrical cable market’s turnover is valued at approximately R8bn per annum.
  • The Paint Industry
    South Africa
    17 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the paint industry in South Africa from 2017 to April 2019. The industry is valued at R13bn and employs approximately 15,000 people. The market is dominated by decorative paint manufacturing and sales, which account for around 80% of the market, with major players, and brands, including Kansai Plascon Africa and ICI Dulux. The paint industry in South Africa has continued to adopt manufacturing strategies to meet environmental and other regulations, including the recent move to further reduce the lead content in paint. The most significant challenges facing the industry are skills shortages and competition from cheap imports.
  • The Supply and Manufacture of Medical and Surgical Equipment and Orthopaedic Appliances
    South Africa
    15 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The value of the South African market for medical devices was estimated at over R20bn in 2018, and it is expected to grow by 7.7% in 2019. While local manufacture continues to grow, it remains a small part of the industry, as fewer than 5% of local industry players manufacture devices. As most devices are imported, the industry is extremely sensitive to currency volatility.
  • The Coal Mining Sector, including Coal Testing and Laboratories
    South Africa
    02 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The South African coal mining sector produced 252.3 million tons of coal and contributed 2%, to the country’s gross domestic product in 2017. The combined value of local sales and exports reached R139.4bn in 2018, and more than 86,900 people were employed in the sector. The country was ranked as the seventh largest coal producer in 2017, accounting for 3.3% of the world’s coal production.
  • Sale, Maintenance and Repair of Motorcycles and Parts
    South Africa
    30 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The South African motorcycle sector continues to experience declining sales as the weakening rand has caused the cost of bikes to double in the past two years and as economic conditions restrained consumer spending. Revenue of members of the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors was approximately R1.42bn in 2018, down from R1.57bn in 2017. The number of registered motorcycles was 15,359 in 2018 compared to 23,304 in 2015. There are no local manufacturers, and all units and parts are imported.
  • The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices
    South Africa
    29 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    South African telecommunications operators experienced positive, if muted, growth in 2018 as total subscriptions, device ownership, internet penetration, and data usage continue to increase. The South African telecommunications sector grew by over 14% and was worth R187bn in 2018. Mobile subscriptions, device ownership, and internet penetration continues to grow and the majority of service revenue growth is due to double-digit increases in the value of data. South Africa’s fibre and data centre markets are expanding rapidly.
  • Management Consulting & Business Advisory Services, Including Knowledge Management
    South Africa
    26 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s management consulting and business advisory industry has been under growing pressure since 2017. The industry has been rocked by revelations that numerous consulting firms, including several global market leaders, have facilitated and/or been complicit in irregular activities and misdeeds, including fraud, state capture and corruption. Revelations that consultants from several multinational firms were found to be complicit have rocked the industry. The consequences of these developments, consulting expenditure cutbacks and economic conditions have affected the traditionally lucrative industry. Some role players say that knowledge management is increasingly being regarded as a potential game-changer with the advent of the fourth industrial revolution and the internet of everything.
  • The Restaurant, Fast Food and Catering Industry
    South Africa
    25 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s restaurant, fast food and catering sector generated revenue of R68.27bn in 2018, representing real revenue growth of 2.8%. While technology continues to disrupt the industry, particularly with the rapid growth in fast food delivery, a consumer revolution is gaining momentum. Menus are increasingly reflecting consumer demand for nutritious ingredients that are procured in a sustainable and ethical manner. Damning allegations made at the Zondo commission into state capture have placed the outsourced catering segment under the spotlight.
  • The IT Industry
    South Africa
    17 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    IT spend in South Africa is forecast to increase at a higher pace than the economy in 2019. Although the general state of the economy has a direct impact on the growth of the ICT sector, its customers continue to invest in technology and the sector consistently shows a growth rate that is higher than GDP. Cybersecurity is a high priority, with global statistics indicating that South Africa is the third most targeted country in the world for cyber-attacks. Alleged IT-related procurement irregularities revealed through a number of commissions of inquiry and investigations continue to affect the reputation of some industry players. It is estimated that there are over 13,000 IT companies and over 3,000 electronics companies in South Africa with the vast majority being small companies employing less than 50 people.
  • Retail of Furniture, Appliances and White Goods
    South Africa
    11 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The furniture and appliance industry’s contribution to overall retail sales continues to contract from 5.4% of total retail sales in 2016 to 4.25%, equating to R44.48bn, in 2018. However, household furniture, appliances and equipment sales grew 10.6% in 2018 against overall retail sales growth of 2.1%, despite the fallout from the revelation of accounting irregularities at Steinhoff International in December 2017. Steinhoff owns a majority stake in Pepkor, the country’s largest furniture retailer through JD Group.
  • Manufacture of Dairy Products
    South Africa
    10 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    Volumes of raw milk and other dairy products grew in 2017 and 2018 after five years of challenges including continuous decline in demand, contraction in producer numbers, low producer prices, shrinking margins and growing competition from within the sector and other beverage industries. Raw milk production increased by 2.7% in 2017 and almost 4% in 2018. Sales of UHT (long-life) milk, fermented milk product maas and packaged cheese grew strongly, but sales of butter and yoghurt declined due to high prices.
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry
    South Africa
    05 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 015.12 (USD) *
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    The pharmaceutical sector, which researches, develops, markets and distributes drugs, as part of the wider healthcare system, is valued at R50bn at manufacturers’ exit price and R68bn using retail sales. The industry faces the challenge of expanding access to and affordability of drugs, on the one hand and growing South Africa’s drug manufacturing capacity on the other. The sector seeks to meet this challenge in the context of implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) and rapid technological developments.

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